blow·​hole | \ ˈblō-ˌhōl How to pronounce blowhole (audio) \
plural blowholes

Definition of blowhole

1 : a hole in metal caused by a bubble of gas captured during solidification
2 : a nostril in the top of the head of a cetacean and especially a whale
3 : a hole or fissure in rocks along a shore through which incoming waves force air to rush upward or water to spout intermittently The blowhole is in a place where ocean waves marching in from the north have undercut a lava shelf and carved a tire-sized hole so that surf can spout up like a Yellowstone geyser.— Brian J. Cantwell

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Holland America's Eurodam can be seen sailing right next to a group of whales, indicated by a several bursts of water from their blowholes, according to a Twitter video posted by user @Kidd_In_Action. Adrienne Jordan, USA TODAY, "Holland America cruise ship's close contact with humpback whales under investigation," 27 June 2019 An orca hears with its face and talks with its head: Plunging below 100 feet, K35 used phonic lips on either side of his blowhole as deftly as a horn player. The Seattle Times, "How our noise is hurting orcas’ search for salmon," 19 May 2019 The blowhole is in a place where ocean waves marching in from the north have undercut a lava shelf and carved a tire-sized hole so that surf can spout up like a Yellowstone geyser. Brian J. Cantwell,, "Rainy day on Maui? Here are 5 great things to do beyond the beach," 24 Apr. 2018 Using drones to capture the mist from humpback whale blowholes, a team of Australian researchers has found viruses related to human pathogens like ones that cause the common cold. Megha Satyanarayana, STAT, "Drones are helping researchers figure out what viruses live in whales. Some are similar to ones in humans," 11 June 2018 The conservative rhetoric previously funneled through Trump’s anuslike blowhole always insisted that NFL players were disrespecting America by kneeling during the pregame display paid for by the marketing arm of the U.S. military. Michael Harriot, The Root, "Donald Trump Admits the NFL Protests Actually Worked," 8 June 2018 Let’s be clear: any whale that expels water from its blowhole is drowning. Claire Eamer, Smithsonian, "How Children’s Books Reveal Our Evolving Relationship With Whales," 27 Mar. 2018 Video by GEMM Lab, Oregon State University One can, if extremely motivated and even more patient, collect feces, skin and blubber samples, and even respiratory vapor from a whale’s blowhole. Jennifer S. Holland, Smithsonian, "A Whale’s Baleen Bristles Reveal the Story of Its Life," 1 Sep. 2017 Trump exhaled from his anus-like blowhole and put it ever-so-delicately: The NFL ratings are down massively. Michael Harriot, The Root, "Trump Curses NFL’s Black Protesters, Suggests They Should Be Fired," 23 Sep. 2017

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First Known Use of blowhole

1691, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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English Language Learners Definition of blowhole

: a hole that is on the top of a whale or related animal's head and is used by the animal for breathing
: a hole in the ice to which seals and other animals that are living in the water under the ice come to breathe

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